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August 14, 2019

The companies that are great places to work are growing in number. This should be great for everyone. However, a number of folks remain dissatisfied, unhappy, and unfulfilled. What is going on?

Some companies have done an incredible job creating the external conditions for greatness. Good salary and benefits. Clear career tracks. Learning and development o...

August 8, 2019

We’ve all been in this situation. You are right. Someone else is wrong. And that person is treating you like you are the one that is wrong. How do you react?

I live in the mountains of Boulder, CO. Sometimes I commute to town by bike, which is a 1,500 vertical feet descent on paved mountain roads. This is a road cyclist’s dream.

Recently the county closed t...

July 9, 2019

Remember that time I lost it on an airplane? My seat neighbor Jessica let a crying baby drive her crazy, and I eventually let Jessica drive me crazy. A few minutes later, I was back in control.

How did I do that?

When we learn new tools (e.g. empathy), our behavior does not automatically change (e.g. we may lose it on an airplane). Some of us have learned t...

June 27, 2019

Three years ago, I was single, living with roommates and fending for myself when it came to food. My meals balanced taste, health and time investment. Time investment usually took priority.

Now, I am married to an incredibly talented chef. Lucky me! Dinners are healthy, fresh and delicious. There is almost always something in the fridge for breakfast or lu...

June 12, 2019

Last Friday I was kicking off a training at an office in Denver. I looked around the room and noticed that almost every person was on their cell phone or computer. No big deal. The training hadn’t started. So I informed everyone that we were about to start and asked them to put away their electronics.

Most people looked at me confused. Wait, what did he sa...

June 5, 2019

“Wow, everyone was super engaged on that conference call!” said no one ever. Conference calls all too often feel like this.

But conference calls serve a real need. How do you get people to connect live on a topic that requires a lot of back and forth discussion if they are not in the same location? We can’t just stop them. Email clearly is not meant for co...

May 29, 2019

You’ve read the studies. You’ve downloaded the apps. You’ve put time in your calendar. You know that meditation has tremendous benefits, but you just can’t make it a habit.

Then this article is for you!

The problem is not you, your motivation, or even your willpower.  It’s your approach to forming habits.

Habits are formed through a habit loop (source: Charl...

May 21, 2019

This morning I sat down at my computer to start working. The morning had been perfect. Four inches of snow fell overnight, and the trees were beautiful. I had executed on my ideal morning routine—run with dog, meditate, breakfast, shower. I started working with focus and purpose that would last until dinner.

Five minutes later the power went out. I live in...

May 14, 2019

I am a bit embarrassed admitting how frequently I lose control of my attention.

I’m working on my computer and glance at email. 30 minutes later I finally come back to the original task.

Or I go on LinkedIN to see where an acquaintance works. And something on my feed grabs my attention. Ten minutes disappear just like that.

Some people relate this problem to...

April 30, 2019

Six weeks ago, I attended a training on thought leadership. Afterward, my motivation was high, and I set a goal to publish an article once a week. Up until then, I had published a total of eight articles in the previous three years. Once a week was going to be quite the step up.

I came out of the gate fast, with articles every week: What made me lose it on...

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